KEDVORT Ralph (Cudworth Ralph)( English philosopher, the representative of the school and the Cambridge Platonists rationalist line of ethics.)
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Biography KEDVORT Ralph (Cudworth Ralph)
He was born in Aller (Somerset). After receiving bachelor's degrees (1635), and then Master (1639) Arts, University of Cambridge Kedvort was elected a Fellow of the University of. Cambridge fell under the influence of B. Uichkota, a leading philosopher of the Cambridge school of Platonists. In 1642 published a Discourse concerning the true nature Supper (A Discourse concerning the True Nature of the Lord's Supper), and the Unity of Christ and the Church (The Union of Christ and the Church). Believing that Puritanism is for religious freedom, the Puritans supported. In 1645 he was appointed by parliament to head the Clare Hall and Professor Hebraic. In a speech before the House of Commons in March 1647 Kedvort opposed the growing intolerance and sectarianism of the Puritans and led the arguments in support of religious tolerance. In 1654 he was elected head of Christ's College, Cambridge University. Restoration, which he welcomed, nothing has changed in his academic career. In 1678 Kedvort published an impressive volume of work on the true intellectual system of the universe, the first part of, . in which all the reasoning and philosophy of atheism refuted and proved its impossibility (The True Intellectual System of the Universe; the first part, . wherein all the reason and philosophy of atheism is confuted and its impossibility demonstrated),
. From the second and third parts of the system have remained only in manuscript fragments. In summary form the contents transferred to the Treatise on the eternal and immutable morality (A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, 1731) and Treatise on the free will (A Treatise on Freewill, 1838).
Kedvort sought to refute atheism, materialism, empiricism and attempts to identify the moral actions of obedience to a higher will, human or divine. For Kedvorta and knowledge, and good intelligence derived from the free human spirit, in his view, order and uniformity in nature suggests that in these areas worked her mind, whether in the form of instinct, or 'plastic forces of nature'.
Died Kedvort in Cambridge, July 26, 1688.